Press release: SeaChange Sussex ordered to stop work on Queensway Gateway road pending High Court hearing

April 29, 2015 by combehavendefenders

Press release
Combe Haven Defenders [1]
Wednesday 29 April

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Permission granted for judicial review of planning committee decision

Photo available: Gabriel Carlyle at site of Queensway Gateway road:

SeaChange Sussex has been ordered to cease work on the £15m Queensway Gateway road pending a judicial review in the High Court of the decision by Hastings Borough Council to grant planning permission.

Solicitors from Richard Buxton Law – a specialist environmental and public law firm [2]- are bringing the case on behalf of Gabriel Carlyle, a St Leonards resident. The High Court ruled last week that the judicial review could go ahead, and that ‘no further steps can be taken by the interested party to implement the permissions’ until the case is heard. The hearing is likely to take place in June or July.

The challenge claims that the planning committee failed to take account of breaches of national and EU laws on air pollution that would be caused by the project. In addition, it is claimed, the committee failed to take account of the Habitats Directive on protected species; failed to consider alternatives to the road; and failed to take account of the cumulative effect of the road and business park.

In addition, it states that Hastings Council ‘failed entirely to consider the increase of greenhouse gas emissions that will arise from the proposal and so is contrary to any efforts the UK may be taking to tackle climate change’.

The Queensway Gateway road plans recently received national coverage when Campaign for Better Transport’s Roads Campaigner Sian Berry came to Hastings to see some of the projects funded by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership [3 and 4].

Permission for the Queensway Gateway road was granted on 4 February [5], despite almost 500 objections and clear evidence that it would cause irreparable damage to Hollington Valley local wildlife site, described in its designation report [6] as ‘invaluable and irreplaceable’. Councillors voted unanimously to approve the road, the primary purpose of which was described by the Head of Planning as ‘to provide access to the allocated employment sites’ [7].

Gabriel Carlyle said, ‘I am delighted that the High Court has ruled that Hastings Borough Council has a case to answer in its decision to grant planning permission for this destructive road, and has ordered SeaChange Sussex to cease any further work. This road would cause breaches in air pollution levels and an increase in greenhouse gases, as well as doing terrible damage to an important and irreplaceable wildlife site. I trust that if the council is required to reconsider the planning application, it will make the right decision next time and refuse permission.’
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